Jaco Beach is famous for its nightlife and great surf; close to San Jose, it’s the perfect destination for a short getaway to Costa Rica.
Located along the Central Pacific coast, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica is among the most popular beaches for long weekends away, because of its proximity to San José (approximately 1.5 hour driving distance). This area is famous for surf, and has experienced rapid development over the last couple of decades.
Visitors to Jaco will find a wide variety of restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, surf shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, and souvenir shops. For those looking for a rich nightlife scene, there are countless entertainment options such as casino gaming, clubbing, dining, live music, and more.
Nearby, Herradura Beach (10 minutes north of Jaco) is a fast-growing area where visitors will find the luxurious Los Sueños Resort & Marina, which features five star restaurants, gourmet grocery stores, casual cafes, and bars, a 200-slip marina, La Iguana Golf Course, and a couple of day spas.
This region is further enhanced by Carara National Park, that protects a transitional zone between the southern rainforest and the northern tropical dry forest, and is home to the prominent scarlet macaw.
South of Jaco, surf enthusiasts will love the breaks of Playa Hermosa and Esterillos. Long stretches of grey sand make for lovely long walks and beach combing, while the area’s famous surf breaks present an exciting challenge to even the most expert surfers.
The area’s scenic beauty allows travelers to take part in a wide variety of both leisure and adventure-filled activities, which may combine both the beaches and the striking tropical rainforest.
In the area of Jaco, Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica is proud to feature two exceptional properties: Villa Caletas and Alma del Pacifico
Villa Caletas and Zephyr Palace
This boutique luxury hotel, inspired by a Victorian tropical architecture, with a touch of neo-classicism, is recognized for its location, architectural design, decor, and outstanding facilities with first-class service.
Villa Caletas and Zephyr Palace are just 15 minutes from Jaco Beach, and offer stunning views of the verdant tropical forest that contrast in a special way against the emerald green ocean waters. Villa Caletas offers a private beach, situated just five minutes down the hill, and easily accessible by the hotel shuttle.
The hotel features 50 rooms that range from standard accommodations, to villas and suites. Some suites have their own private plunge pool. The elegance and charm of this welcoming hotel is further enhanced by a unique dining experience that perfectly combines French and Central American recipes.
From its peaceful jungle surroundings, to stunning views and the widely acclaimed Serenity Spa, Hotel Villa Caletas is a true escape.
Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Just down the road from Jaco, and sitting right on the beach in Playa Esterillos Este (Esterillos Beach East), the brightly colored, crisp, and joyful Hotel Alma Del Pacifico is one of Distinctive Hotels loveliest properties.
Peaceful, and set apart from the hustle and bustle of the city of Jaco, Esterillos is a collection of beach communities named for the region’s estuaries and rivers: Esterillos Oeste (West), Esterillos Centro (Centro) and Esterillos Este (East).
Quiet and secluded, the beach stretches for miles down the coastline, and terrific surf breaks are great for surfing, kayaking, and boogie boarding. Hammocks sway gently in the wind, strung up between the majestic palms and almond trees which line the forest edge. Surf breaks and tide pools invite guests to enjoy the most that the Pacific Ocean has to offer.
Brightly cheerful, and luxuriously comfortable, each guest suite enjoys lovely views of the gardens or the ocean, semi-indoor/outdoor showers with private gardens, and sitting areas with a kitchenette. Boasting original local art and tasteful, vibrant décor, each guest suite feels like little piece of private paradise.